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7 tips for becoming a top researcher

How to get wider citations and what makes a great scientist

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Jüri Allik, Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Tartu. The university states that he belongs to the top one per cent of the world’s most cited scientists in his field.  In his blog post on The University of Tartu’s blog he quotes Malcolm Gladwell from his book Outliers (2008)The key to success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.” As one of the most highly cited academics in his field Allik gives what he calls Seven Recipes for Becoming a Top Researcher. In his blog post on the University of Tartu’s site he focuses on strategies for getting a higher number of citations for your work.


Tip 1

In summary Allik states that you need to publish around 5-10 articles a year no matter what your field of research.


Tip 2

Always collaborate with people who are better than you.


Tip 3

Publish in several different fields to make your research known to other disciplines.  The best guide to selecting a research problem is intellectual curiosity: always choose the subject that seems the most interesting to you, no matter what your colleagues think.


Tip 4

Think about maximising the life span of your article, and the easiest way to do this is to publish in a high impact journal.


Tip 5

Don’t try to do what others can do better. However, what you can do is to ask questions using data already accumulate in well cited work.


Tip 6

Repeat at least six times.  No matter what the exact number of repetitions, the rule is based on the observation that in order to penetrate the inert human mind you need to present your idea (if there is one) from many different aspects.


Tip 7

Research projects can have an infinite life span, so do what can be done immediately; otherwise there is a strong chance that you will never do it.

Click here to read the full blog post.


What Makes a Good Scientist?

In her book review of Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson, Katie Burk associate editor for American Scientist says that most young scientists are not prepared for the number of set-backs they are likely to encounter. The book review is largely positive, however it ends by saying “My immediate response to his message was jaded but perhaps typical of a generation of young scientists who came of age during the Great Recession. Having watched funding for science and higher education in steady decline over the past five years, I wanted to reply, “Tell that to Congress, Dr. Wilson”Click here to read Burk’s full review on American Scientist.

Despite seeming to end on a negative, the title has received 80 5 star reviews on Amazon.com. The one that summed it up best for us says“”Letters to a Young Scientist” is a clarion call for many MANY more people to join the ranks of natural scientists and to embrace a life of scientific investigation. Ed Wilson leaves no one with room for excuses to fail in this endeavour. He addresses the concept (or reality?) that if we humans are to survive the foreseeable future, we need to be a science-minded people.Click here to read other reviews of the book.



Cómo lograr que lo citen más y qué define a un gran científico
Jüri Allik, Profesor de Psicología Experimental en la Universidad de Tartu. La universidad dice que pertenece al selecto uno por ciento de los científicos más citados del mundo en su campo. En su publicación en el blog de la Universidad de Tartu cita a Malcolm Gladwell en su libro Outliers (2008) “La clave para el éxito en cualquier campo radica en practicar una tarea específica durante un total de aproximadamente 10,000 horas”. Allik, uno de los académicos más citados en su campo, nos brinda lo que él llama Siete recetas para convertirse en uno de los principales investigadores. En su publicación del blog de la Universidad de Tartu se centra en las estrategias para obtener una cantidad más alta de citas por nuestro trabajo.

Consejo 1
En síntesis, Allik dice que debemos publicar aproximadamente entre 5 y 10 artículos al año independientemente de cuál sea nuestro campo de investigación.

Consejo 2
Siempre debemos colaborar con personas que sean mejores que nosotros.

Consejo 3
Hay que publicar en diferentes campos para dar a conocer nuestra investigación en otras disciplinas. La mejor guía para seleccionar un problema de investigación es la curiosidad intelectual: elija siempre el tema que le resulte más interesante a usted, independientemente de lo que piensen sus colegas.

Consejo 4
Piense en maximizar el ciclo de vida de su artículo, y la mejor manera de hacerlo es publicar en una revista de alto impacto.

Consejo 5
No intente hacer lo que otros pueden hacer mejor. Sin embargo, lo que puede hacer es hacerse preguntas utilizando datos ya acumulados en trabajos bien citados.

Consejo 6
Repítalo al menos seis veces. Más allá de la cantidad exacta de repeticiones, la regla se basa en la observación de que para penetrar en la mente humana inerte es necesario presentar nuestra idea (si la hay) desde diferentes puntos de vista.

Consejo 7
Los proyectos de investigación pueden tener un ciclo de vida infinito, así que haga lo que pueda hacerse inmediatamente, de lo contrario existe una fuerte posibilidad de que nunca lo haga.

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